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Seminars

 

SEMINARS

See the complete list of Missions Conference seminars below.

Wednesday, 11:00–11:50 a.m.

The sessions below each count as one credit toward the required total of 11 sessions.
 

Session NameAgency RepresentativeAgencyLocation
Sermon Preparation in the Technology Age Brent Carter Faithlife and Logos Bible Software Alumni Auditorium

Description:
Preparing a sermon is hard work and typically requires the use of several tools—including study resources, a word processor, and presentation software. With Sermon Editor in Logos 7, you can produce and deliver a biblical message without ever leaving your research platform. Learn to dive deep into the Word, take detailed notes, and build an outline.

Poverty Simulation     Culby 1, Great Room

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Ministry from Weakness Chrissy Odean Serge Sweeting 211

Description:
Can the brokenness in our stories bring others to Jesus? Does our sin disqualify us from engaging in ministry? How do we maintain a sense of calling amidst suffering? What is the narrative that God is writing in your life and our world? Join Chrissy Odean, a cancer survivor with missions experience in Uganda and Philadelphia, as she explores these questions and more.

It's Bigger Than You Think: Finding Living Water in the Honor of God Jordan Samuels  Avant Ministries Sweeting 219

Description:
Understanding honor and shame isn't just a worldview curiosity you read about in missions classes. In fact, honor and shame reversal is at the heart of the gospel and is at the root of the personal transformation of the messenger. It is the key to understanding the nature of the living waters that God promises us. 

Mormons: An Introduction to the Beliefs of the Latter-day Saints (Wednesday Only) Steve Daley Mission 2 Mormons Sweeting 328

Description:
The fourth largest denomination in America is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Mormons are also expanding quickly across Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean. Learn the basic teachings of this influential sect that has entrapped millions.

What is Suffering's Role in Missions? Rachel Roleder Joni and Friends Sweeting 4

Description:
Join us as we look at how to identify suffering, see Christ in suffering, and own suffering for Jesus.

Why your Gifftedness Matters Raimie Bateman  Teach the Story  Sweeting 201

Description: 
God designed you to change the world. He has uniquely gifted you with giftedness essential to your person. When you understand this, you'll find increased satisfaction in serving Christ. If you don't understand it, you'll struggle from job to job in your search for significance. Find out how to understand your giftedness and apply it to the mission field.

Journey of Faith: Reaching the LGBTQ Community One Person at a Time Jim Childs ABWE  Sweeting 204

Description:
An overview of ABWE’s Heart, Mind, and Soul Seminar designed to equip the average person in the pew to build relationships with the LGBTQ-identified person in their world.

Fulfilling the Great Commission Anglicanly Rev. Chris Royer  Anglican Frontier Mission  Sweeting 205

Description:
We will explore the role of liturgy, sacramentalism, and the perennial tradition in the spiritual formation of believers from Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist backgrounds.

On the Border of Syria Christ Liberto  ELIC  Sweeting 206

Description:
What is a refugee's life like? What is the Christian role in this refugee crisis? Several of ELIC's locations partner with local churches just 10 miles from Syria—in Lebanon and Jordan. For the past four years, we have seen how God is on the move and how trauma is overwhelming the local population. Delve into the missional strategy of education for children in this location and how it is strategic in this era. By sharing on the ground experiences and biblical inspiration, learn how God can use you for His Glory in this traumatic time of war in the Middle East.

Equipping Leaders for Spiritual Multiplication In So-Called Close Countries  Dwight Ekholm Entrust Sweeting 207

Description: 
After a brief summary of past ministry behind the Iron Curtain, we will discuss a variety of strategies and and hindrances to equipping spiritual leaders in a country in the Middle East currently closed to foreign missionaries.

Behind the Veil: Women in Islam    Call of Hope Sweeting 209

Description:
Discover what the Quran and Hadith say about the women in Islam. Starting with Mohammed and his engagement women, this seminar surveys the treatment and role of women in the world of Islam today.

Break Room     Sweeting 218

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Finish the Great Commission, Don't Just Work at It Joey Tartaglia Finisterre Vision Sweeting 222

Description:
With 53 language groups left to reach, how can the Great Commission be finished in the most linguistically diverse place on the planet? Come learn how this is happening and how your church can function as your sending agency to a remote jungle location in Papua New Guinea.

A Life of Ministry (Wednesday Only) Kyle Kostreva Master Plan Ministry Sweeting 223

Description:
Quite simply, Jesus calls us to a life of making disciples. Life, however, is not quite so simple. Ministry, marriage, children, and “the affairs of everyday life” often collide, yet they are inseparable in our effective witness. Join us for lessons from 30 years of thriving in ministry and family.

Urbanization: Changing Our Paradigm of Missions Kevin King International Project Sweeting 225

Description:
This session shows the global trend of urbanization and interprets it from a missiological perspective. The population of the world is moving toward cities and will never retreat. This global reality should dramatically affect our paradigm of missions and inform our ministry emphasis and strategy.

Tool Box for Building Gospel Ministry Relationships: Learning Ways to Relate to Others in Order to Communicate the Gospel David Hernandez Village Missions Sweeting 226

Description:
Discuss some of the tools for learning about and understanding the people and culture of those we hope to reach with the gospel message. Principles to be discussed include: becoming a student and sleuth of people, using polite inquiry to learn and show interest in people, learning to appreciate differences in culture, and creating gospel opportunities through the familiar.

Refugees: A mission field or mission force? Becca Martin Greater Europe Mission Sweeting 230

Description:
As refugees continue to arrive and settle in Europe, how can we be the hands and feet of Jesus? What can we do to share God's love with the nations by meeting physical and spiritual needs? Even more so, how are they making disciples in the camps, cities, and counties of a seemingly spiritually dying Europe? Learn more about how Europe is changing and how more and more people are open to the hope of Jesus!

India: Land of Mega-Barriers Art Hegdahi Christar Sweeting 233

Description:
The current hot issue of rape in India exposes huge barriers of color, class, and culture that have existed there for centuries. We will discuss how the gospel of Christ breaks barriers and heals hurts.

Cultural Awareness for Rewarding Cross-cultural Relationships Ruth Yingling Camino Global Sweeting 234

Description:
Explore the value systems behind different basic cultural types, and develop cultural sensitivity that will lead to better cross-cultural interactions. You'll develop awareness of different cultural perspectives and learn how to practice the sensitivity necessary for rewarding cross-cultural relationships.

Reflection on Racial Reconciliation Diana Collymore InterVaristy Sweeting 235

Description:
Hear about the impact a group of African-American students had in Rwanda during summer of 2018. They spent 6 weeks with university students in. Get practical application to the American university context.

Thriving in the Face of Adversity (Wednesday Only) Alvin Hull  Pioneers Sweeting 301

Description:
How do we thrive in ministry when we face adversity, no fruit, and the silence of God? Attrition studies show that many missionaries give up and leave the field in their first five years—many leave before ever seeing any fruit. Why? Prepare to thrive with the principles for lasting the long haul.

Displaced but Not Defeated: What I Learned from the Keliko of South Sudan Susha Roberts Wycliffe Bible Translators Sweeting 317

Description:
Learn lessons about the identity, purpose, resolve, victory, and faith of the Keliko people living in Uganda.

The Irish Worldview of Celtic Spirituality in West Ireland Today Tim Cummings WorldVenture Sweeting 333

Description:
Look at the questions of worldview, animism, and the residual folk religion in a church setting from the west of the Republic of Ireland.

Am I Called? How to know if God is really calling you to the mission field.   Cafe 1040 Sweeting 335

Description:
Identify if God is really calling you to the mission field and get helpful tools for identifying and following your call.

Calling vs. Gifting Steve Dutton Hellenic Ministries Sweeting 343

Description:
When it comes to ministry and missions, what should take precedence: "calling" or "gifting"? It's easy to focus on a particular geographical location or specific mission agency, but our best plans don't always work out. Ministry is about stewardship. The "where and how" are secondary.

Reaching Native Americans in North America David and Joanna Boucher Northern Canada Evangelical Mission  Sweeting 345

Description:
What are some ways that missionaries can make a good impact when arriving on reservations? We will discuss how to carry out ministries that will have lasting results among people who don't trust non-natives. 

Am I Missionary Material? Shelby Honig Pioneer Bible Translators Sweeting 347

Description:
Hear a brief synopsis of famous missionaries, including their personalities and backgrounds. Do you fit the mold?

Loving Your Neighbor: Serving the Immigrant Next Door Eric Mason South Asian Friendship Center Sweeting 349

Description:
Gain further insight into what it means to live and minister to Muslims and Hindus in the Chicagoland area. Learn more about the immigrant or refugee experience and understand why it is so important for Christians to be salt and light as they welcome immigrants and refugees.

Wednesday, noon–12:50 p.m.

The sessions below each count as one credit toward the required total of 11 sessions.
 

Session NameAgency RepresentativeAgencyLocation
Utilizing Technology in Ministry Brent Carter Faithlife and Logos Bible Software Alumni Auditorium

Description:
Logos gives you quick access to all the information you need for careful, comprehensive, and reliable Greek and Hebrew study. The Bible Word Study tool gathers usage data from Scripture and other ancient literature and presents it all in an intuitive and beautiful interface. See everywhere near synonyms are used to express a concept. Run a quick search in the Greek or Hebrew, and find other passages with similar original language constructions. Plus, the Exegetical Guide provides links to textual-critical, discourse, syntactical, and morphological data—including links to high-resolution photographs of major manuscripts.

Poverty Simulation     Culby 1 Great Room

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Beyond Colorblind Sarah Shin   Sweeting 211

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What Missionaries and Churches Wish the Other Knew about Support Pete Isenberg Pioneer Bible Translators Sweeting 219

Description:
Churches with limited budgets see endless needs in their communities. Missionaries depending on support urgently seek the lost overseas. Both want the kingdom to flourish, but don’t always understand each other. Pete Isenberg, with 24 years of experience as a pastor and seven years as a missionary, helps fill the communication gaps.

Children's Ministry Panel Elizabeth Smith   Sweeting 328

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So You Want to Be Off Campus? Unity Ostercamp Urban Cohort Sweeting 401

Description:
Are you interested in urban cross-cultural immersion during your time as a student? Do you attend church in one of our already existing Urban Cohort neighborhoods and want to be more involved? Find out from students and staff how you can be part of the Urban Cohorts program. We will be sharing the good, the bad, and the amazing about living incarnationally in Chicago neighborhoods. Cohorts is looking for students who want to live out Jesus in the city by loving their neighbors, living in community, and learning about culture.

Learning to Speak to Yourself about Your Identity in Christ Norm Hubbard Navigators Sweeting 201

Description:
When life gets difficult, we often fill our inner airwaves with a lot of negative self-talk about ourselves and God, such as “Why me," and "How could You let this happen?” Explore how people passing through hardship and confusion can stay anchored to central truths about their identity in God.

The Biggest "As" of the Bible Thad Bergmeier  ABWE Sweeting 204

Description:
 In John 20 Jesus makes an interesting connection between His coming to this earth and our being sent on mission. As the Father sent Jesus, so we are sent. When we investigate the details of how Jesus says He is sent, it creates freedom and clarity on our mission.

Teaching God's Word in Oral Cultures Kaley Harper Children's Relief International Sweeting 205

Description:
God's Word is not just 2D ink and paper. It is a Technicolor of truth, emotions, and life change. So many people in deep poverty never hear the truth of God because they are limited by their inability to read or write. Women in these cultures are often marginalized and never taught how to connect to God's Word for themselves. Learn how Children's Relief International engages in these areas of deep poverty by bringing the light of Christ through Word and deed!

What Does Rescuing Slaves Have to do with Advancing the Gospel? IJM Leader International Justice Mission Sweeting 206 

Description:
When Christians sacrificially love and serve people around the world, the world notices. When Christians disengage from sacrificial love and service, the world also notices. Discuss how followers of Jesus can really engage in the work of justice to show the world the God of the Bible—one who is perfectly just and loving.

A Call to Missions: Who Needs it? Dwight Ekholm Entrust Sweeting 207 

Description:
Examine the biblical teaching on the "call" to missionary service and discuss the issues involved in decision making and the will of God in regard to missions

From Syrian Refugee to Disciplemaker   Call of Hope  Sweeting 209 

Description:
Meet Syrian refugees who have come to Christ and are now seeking to reach their fellow Muslims housed in Lebanese refugee camps.

Break Room     Sweeting 218 

Description:
 

The Importance of Family Reconcilliation Ministry (Wednesday Only) Lael Lemire Hope Harbor Sweeting 222

Description:
Families have been targeted since creation. Ministries increasingly specialize on healing the wounded, a byproduct of the breakdown of the home and family. But there is hope for family reconciliation in the personal application of Biblical principles in the home. Learn how to train victims to become victors. 

Faith in the New Testament, Faith in the the King: The validity of the Scriptures and their place in Muslim Evangelism Stephanie Avant  Sweeting 223 

Description:
Be equipped to address one of the greatest Muslim objections to the Gospel: The Scriptures are corrupt. Rightly understand the role this issue plays in the proclamation of the Gospel and in the salvation of the Muslim world. 

Moral Purity: A Narrow Road that Leads to Life Gayle Murray  SIM  Sweeting 225 

Description:
We must deliberately choose obedience and set up strategies in advance to live out purity. Be prepared to recognize and avoid pitfalls.

Ministry Is. . . (Not What You Expected): 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 Steven Washburn  Village Missions  Sweeting 226

Description:
We have a plan, we've learned skills, we've studied the Bible and we are ready to serve God in the ministry He has call us to. Then our hopes and dreams collide with real, messy, ministry. Ministry is a joy and discouragement. Seeing others come to know Christ and others rejecting Him. Delights of seeing God at work and pounding your head against the wall when you can't see Him moving. Sometimes our expectations of ministry can be why that it is so hard. Learn how to avoid the bitterness and frustration, and let the difficulties of ministry work for you and your heart to serve God.

Raising Kids Overseas  Karen See  Crossworld  Sweeting 230 

Description:
You sense God leading you to serve Him cross-culturally. How would that decision impact your children? Explore some of the joys and challenges of raising a family overseas.

 Being Intentional in Teaching ESL in Creative-Access Countries Ben Luna  Christar  Sweeting 233 

Description:
You just got hired as an ESL teacher teaching university students in a Muslim country. You’re there because you wanted them to hear the Gospel. You know that the classroom is best venue to incarnate the Gospel. How are you going to start? How are you going to weave God into your lesson planning? Learn how from a person who taught ESL in the Middle East for 13 years.

Doing Short-Term Missions Well (Wednesday Only) Josh Pagel  Africa Inland Mission  Sweeting 234 

Description:
A frank discussion about short-term missions and the Great Commission. Often times when people think about missions it is either short-term or long-term—rarely is it discussed how those can work together. Dive into how these can and should work together to complete the Great Commission!

When Your Ministry Falls Apart: Stress, Failure, Depression, and God's Goodness Thomas Slawson InterAct Ministries  Sweeting 235 

Description:
Most Christians who commit their lives to full-time ministry often envision themselves serving long-term in one place. While many succeed, others encounter obstacles and circumstances and suddenly find their dreams of a particular ministry gone. The fallout from losing a ministry can lead to many struggles such as stress, depression, financial hardship, and even health problems. We will explore several paths to healing from the wounds of losing a ministry.

Power and Vulnerability in Ministry Tom Young  Navigators  Sweeting 301 

Description:
What is real vulnerability? What does it look like in real life? And why is it so important for healthy and fruitful ministry?

The Persecuted Church: How Do We Pray for Our Brothers and Sisters? Rebecca Lufkin  OMF  Sweeting 317 

Description:
How do we pray for our brothers and sisters? Join us for an interactive session of praying and get resources to build up your prayer life for the global church.

Promoting the Gospel and Human Flourishing in Africa through Christian Classical Education Erica Robertson  Rafiki Foundation Sweeting 333 

Description:
In Africa where Rafiki serves, young men and women are taught to cram, test, and forget. Their eyes are fixed on survival. Christian Classical Education offers a way to free the hearts and minds of our African friends to appreciate the fullness of God and His creation.

The Development and Significance of Education Mission Fan Lu  Abundant Care   Sweeting 335

Description:
God is raising up an army to walk into the education field all over the world. We will share about this great call of education mission and how to use biblical principles in character building training. Learn about current needs in China, the beauty of combining English teaching and charity work, and how to prepare yourself.

Missions Partnership in the Middle East and North Africa  Tanya Van Horne  InterVarsity Link  Sweeting 343 

Description:
Christianity began in this the Middle East and the church has deep and ancient roots there. Though indigenous Christian populations are dwindling, faithful ministry continues. Learn how our brothers and sisters in the region are reaching their neighbors and how partnership with them can bring gospel transformation.

God's Will and Your Life Laney Mills  Global Frontier Missions  Sweeting 345

Description:
The question of God's will is age-old, and while it often seems ambiguous and mysterious, maybe it's not as difficult to grasp as we make it out to be. With Jesus as the "north star," there is more joy and less stress in the pursuit of discovering God's will for your life!

Making Disciples Among the Nations in U.S. Colleges and Universities Scott Harris InterVarsity Link  Sweeting 347 

Description:
For decades Christians have prayed that the Good News of Jesus would reach the variety of peoples throughout the 57 countries of what is called the 10/40 Window. One of the ways God has answered those prayers is to bring many of them to the U.S. for studies. At the point in time, the vast majority of international students in the U.S. come from 10/40 countries. Discuss how to best make disciples of Jesus among international students.

Leading Muslim and Hindu Kids on the Path to Christ Beth Mason  South Asian Friendship Center  Sweeting 349

Description:
Have you wondered how to share the gospel and mentor Muslim and Hindu children? Come hear what it looks like to do life, love, and be the hands of Jesus to Muslim and Hindu kids and families.

Wednesday, 1:00–1:50 p.m.

The sessions below each count as one credit toward the required total of 11 sessions.
 

Session NameAgency RepresentativeAgencyLocation
Creatives in Ministry (Wednesday Only) Julianna Slager Ballet 5:8 Alumni Auditorium

Description:
Creativity can often can be overlooked or misunderstood in a weekly worship service. Explore the benefits of using creativity and the arts to engage a congregation.

Poverty Simulation     Culby 1 Great Room 

Description:
 

Women's Sexual Health and Wholeness Judy Groters  The Navigators  Sweeting 211 

Description:
What's uniquely challenging for women who want to honor Christ with their sexuality in today's hookup culture? How do you live pure without disowning your sexulaity? What is the meaning of sex and sexuality? Couldn’t God have made this easier for us? What's His plan?

Beyond Colorblind  Sarah Shin    Sweeting 219 

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Men's Sexual Health and Wholeness Mike Kozlarek  The Navigators  Sweeting 319 

Description:
Staying pure in today's sex-obsessed, porn-crazed culture grows harder and harder. How do you live pure without disowning your sexuality? What is the meaning of sex and sexuality? Couldn't God have made this easier for us? What's his plan?

Made in His Image (Wednesday Only) Brittany Gardner SIM  Sweeting 328 

Description:
When working overseas, missionaries of color often experience challenges directly related to their cultural and ethnic identities. There are unique struggles experienced by Asian Americans serving in Asia, African Americans serving in Africa, and different cultures coming together on multiethnic teams. This workshop will discuss finding your true indentity in Jesus, while celebrating how He created us and representing Him wherever we are. 

Reaching the Unreached in Chicago and Other Major U.S. Cities Keith Wiederwax World Team Sweeting 4 

Description:
Hear the strategy of the International Neighborhood Network current status and update on progress in Chicago's West Ridge neighborhood update and opportunities available in Chicago, Savannah, Knoxville, and other U.S. Cities.

How to Build your Dream Job in Missions or Die Trying Raimie Bateman  Teach the Story  Sweeting 201 

Description:
Long-term effectiveness in missions doesn't come easy. It's no nine-to-five. But there is a beauty in missions people are not talking about. If you work with the right people, they'll help you design a job just for you. Avoid becoming a cog in the machine. Come and hear about how to build and live your dream in missions.

Doing Missions in 4D Using the Power of Story  Benjamin Jorden  Chicago Child Evangelism Fellowship  Sweeting 204 

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CardTalk, TapeTalk, and Other Media to Share the Gospel Rick Hudson  Fellowship International Mission  Sweeting 205 

Description:
The evolution of media brings changes in how we share the Gospel. Look at how missionaries have used media—from pre-electronic to the Internet—and see what is currently used to proclaim the gospel.

Top Ten Tips for Real Life Overseas Chris Liberto  ELIC  Sweeting 206 

Description:
Discuss some of the top things that you need to think about before going overseas. Get practically prepared to not just survive, but thrive as you move overseas.

Discipling New Christians In Their Culture: Unique Mentoring Tools You Possess as a Foreigner Jim and Sandy Bellair  Entrust  Sweeting 207 

Description:
Discuss the concept of building credibility bridges and consider practical ways to develop and maintain mentoring relationships in cross-cultural settings for the long haul. 

To Date or Not to Date: Considerations of Cross-cultural Romantic Relationships (Women Only)  Melanie May Hines Ugandan Ministries  209 

Description:
If you are among a growing number of single women missionaries who are facing the decision whether to enter romantic relationships within your target group, come develop more accurate expectations that will position you for success in your decision.

Break Room     Sweeting 218 

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Afraid Your Kids Will Have the Social Skills of Tarzan? Find out how to raise babies in the Jungle. Brooke Tartaglia  Finisterre Vision  Sweeting 222 

Description:
Are kids safe on the mission field? How can my kids be part of the ministry? How can I raise them to adjust well when they return home? From first contact to reentry, our kids go through each phase of ministry too. This is how we brought them through each phase.

Israel, Evangelicals, and the Jews!  Ryan Harper  Chosen People Ministries Sweeting 223 

Description:
The new study sheds light on how Christians feel about Israel and the Jewish heritage hidden in the church. Learn what it means for Jewish Evangelism going forward!

Preparing for Missions: The Five Key Trainings You Should Get before Going to the Field Kevin King  International Project  Sweeting 225 

Description:
Study the global trend of urbanization from a missiological perspective. The population of the world is moving toward cities and will never retreat. This global reality should dramatically affect our paradigm of missions and inform our ministry emphasis and strategy. Get practical missional opportunities in light of increasingly urbanized contexts.

Conflict: The Unexpected Benefit of Ministry Missions Relationships Steven Washburn  Village Missions  Sweeting 226 

Description:
Prepare for potential conflict inherent in missions and ministry work and learn how to use it to your advantage. Conflict will happen and you must be prepared. Not handling conflict situations can spell ministry failure. Handling it faithfully leaves it in God's hands.

For the Man who Calls on Shiva... Clint Bauman Crossworld  Sweeting 230 

Description:
Learn about Hinduism. 

Fear, Shame, Guilt, and Christ  Ashley Smith  Christar  Sweeting 233

Description:
Explore how Christ addresses the three main worldviews: fear, shame, and guilt! Become more aware of how your own cultural lens shapes your view of the gospel and how people from other cultures view the gospel. Gain a greater understanding of how your culture shapes your view of Jesus, and learn to take off your cultural lens to see and communicate the gospel more clearly with people from other cultures!

Embracing Life as Adventure Andrew Matteson  North America Indigenous Ministries  Sweeting 234 

Description:
What words would you use to describe the Christian life? How we share our walk with Christ is critical. Learn how an adventurous God has a life full of adventure for you to share with others. Believing this reality adjusts your minsitry goals, perspectives, your view of God's mission, and even your church services!

Do Americans Have a Role in World Missions? Diana Collymore  InterVarsity Link  Sweeting 235 

Description:
Americans do have a role in world missions—if they can learn to enter into equitable cross-cultural partnerships and "de-colonize" their approach. Discuss how that can happen and examples of the potential impact.

Shame, Community, and Missions Carissa Gibson Pioneers  Sweeting 301 

Description:
We all have it. No one wants to talk about it, but not talking about it perpetuates it. Learn to identify and combat the narrative of shame we tell ourselves and what it looks like to develop a resiliency against shame here and overseas.

The Gospel and the Green Card Chris Ophus  One Collective  Sweeting 317 

Description:
Look at challenges and opportunities for the mission of Jesus in the current immigration debate.

Choosing an Agency Joshua Oh  One Collective  Sweeting 333 

Description:
Get strategies and tips for wading through all the information about mission agencies and finding your best fit.

Spiritual Leadership for the Majority of Today's Churchs John Adams  Village Missions  Sweeting 335 

Description:
In most cases effective pastors do not serve in a large church or with multiple staff. Gain insights from experiences of building an effective ministry. Develop the spiritual potential to transform an entire community with the Gospel.

Community Service and Dominion Power Fan Lu Abundant Care Sweeting 343

Description:
God has given us the land, go up and take possession of it (Deut 1:21). What does land mean? What is the difference between domination versus dominion? What is God's view on community service? Learn how to do repentant prayers that get to the root of things and find the Strategic Plan to possess the land. 

Call of Duty: It's Not a Game Paul Straubel and Bill Haas Center for Indian Ministries  Sweeting 345 

Description:
Address the Biblical foundation for spiritual warfare by examining pertinent scriptures. Hear personal experiences from global missions and ministry among Native American tribes that illustrate the reality of battle in the spiritual realm.

What Role does Hate Play in Missions? Kevin Van Horne  InterVarsity Link  Sweeting 347 

Description:
This seminar will walk through the story of Jonah—the most successful cross-cultural evangelist the world may ever know. However, as a dominant culture believer he imagined that God- who made the sea and the dry land—only had redemptive purposes for his own people. He sought to thwart God's plans for those outside his nation and received God's direct attention for it. Whether we try to thwart God consciously or subconsciously, God has a message for us. 

Military Ministry: It's Not Just a Job, It's and Adventure!  Paul Cassidy  Cadence International  Sweeting 349 

Description:
Hear incredible opportunities for advancing the Gospel and making disciples among American service members and their families stationed in the U.S. and around the world. God is moving in our military communities by the power of His Spirit as courageous ambassadors proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ! Learn to recognize the military as a mission field. See how to do ministry to military dependents, men's and women's ministry, and the power of practicing hospitality to advance the Gospel. 

Wednesday, 2:00–2:50 p.m.

The sessions below each count as one credit toward the required total of 11 sessions.
 

Session NameAgency RepresentativeAgencyLocation
Poverty Simulation     Culby 1 Great Room

Description:
 

Movement and Worship (Wednesday Only) Julianna Slager Ballet 5:8  Alumni Auditorium 

Description:
Join an interactive exploration of how dance can be used in a worship context.

Poverty Simulation      Sweeting 211

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Building Bridges with Muslims Fouad Marsri, and Tim and Gabby Bennet  Crescent Project  Sweeting 219 

Description:
Come and learn more about maximizing opportunities to build relationships and have fruitful conversations with Muslims.

Theology on Mission Nicolas Smit  Greenhouse Movement  Sweeting 4 

Description:
Too often theologically-minded and missionally-minded Christians gather in separate corners of the Church assuming they have little to do with one another. Join us as we talk about how the theology of the Trinity, Incarnation, salvation, and sanctification needs to shape our approach to mission. See how in Church Planting, theology can not only be discussed, but also lived out.

Sharing Christ in Tribal and Animistic Cultures Ron Hartwig  North America Indigenous Ministries  Sweeting 234 

Description:
The core of every culture is their worldview. Rarely does anyone conscientiously think about their beliefs and values in the midst of a normal conversation, but if we want to clearly communicate Christ to a person from a tribal or animistic worldview, we need to adjust our message and approach.

Doing Missions in 4D to Reach the Least and the Littlest Karis Jorden  Chicago Child Evangelism Fellowship  Sweeting 204 

Description:
There is a global need to reach the least and littlest with the Gospel. Children are ready and willing to believe if we will tell them. Learn practical ways to do missions in 4D to children, wherever you go.

Cross Cultural Teaching Bob Murray SIM USA Sweeting 205

Description:
Explore various techniques and methods to consider when teaching in any setting, because every classroom involves working with students from different cultural backgrounds.

Using Technology to Introduce Jesus to the Whole World Sandi Dalton  TWR International  Sweeting 206

Description:
Technology has changed the landscape of the world when it comes to the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Billions have access to information instantaneously on computers or cellular devices. Understand the tools you have at your disposal to reach your diverse backyard. Get opportunities to use your training to communicate the gospel to an audience of billions. 

Finding Sustainable Indigenous Ministry Leaders 

Darin Bufkin  Cru  Sweeting 207 

Description:
Look at creating sustainable ministries with Indigenous leaders by finding and discipling the right people.

Facing Fear on the Field  Melanie May Hines Ugandan Ministries  Sweeting 209 

Description:
The power of fear will either defeat or strengthen you. Explore practical ways to transform fear from a ministry breaker to a ministry builder.

Break Room     Sweeting 218

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Completing the Great Commission . . . Again Scott Hardaway Finisterre Vision  Sweeting 222

Description:
Coca-Cola has evangelized the entire world. In all corners of the planet, every tribe, every nation, every tongue has heard the good news of sugary drinks—and at least some members of every people group have embraced the message. What might this mean for the Church and the many people groups who have yet to embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Teaching English as Second Language and Sharing Your Faith Jordan Davis  Footsteps Missions  Sweeting 223 

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Being an Introvert is Not a Sin! Andrew Miller   SEND International  Sweeting 225

Description:
In many ways our world is set up for extroverts.  Ministry and missions seems to be geared for extroverts. Learn more about how introverts can be used in ministry all over the world!

Keep Low! Look Up! Press Forward! David Hernandez Village Missions  Sweeting 226 

Description:
This quote was given to a young missionary and comprises three of the most essential attitudes for fruitful ministry. Throughout our lives God is continually forming His people into Christ-likeness. Often we find God giving attitude adjustments on several levels. We will discuss three areas of attitude adjustment essential for ministry.

So You Think You're Called to Stay Mark Silvers  Crossworld  Sweeting 230 

Description:
Do you often feel guilty for not having a call to missions? What’s a disciple of Christ supposed to do in response? Is a disciple second class if they haven’t received a call to serve in missions?

Does Teaching English Really Make a Difference? Chris Liberto  ELIC  Sweeting 233 

Description:
Teaching English is a common way to do ministry abroad, but there are productive and not-productive strategies when it comes to English education ministry. Delve into the strategic influence of teaching Enlgish abroad, that includes access to difficult countries, longevity of ministry, and meeting local needs.

Cross Cultural Teaching Bob Murray SIM Sweeting 234

Description:
Explore various techniques and methods to consider when teaching in any setting. Every classroom involves working with students from different cultural backgrounds.

Who Sinned? Viewing disability through the eyes of Jesus. Thomas Slawson  InterAct Ministries  Sweeting 235 

Description:
There are an estimated one billion people with disabilities in the world. In many countries they are marginalized. Some cultures even view disability as a curse or a matter of shame. But in John 9 Jesus displays his glory and affirms that He is the Messiah by healing a man born blind. Examine this passage and explore the mission field of ministry to and through the disabled community.

Stakeholders in Missions: what if I don't want to go overseas? Rebecca Lufkin  OMF  Sweeting 301 

Description:
What if I don't want to overseas? Explore your part in God's story around the world while remaining in the States. Learn to work towards your passions and not feel guilty about it. 

Bible Translation is a Team Sport Bonnie Nystrom  Wycliffe Bible Translators  Sweeting 317

Description:
We're in an era of unprecedented worldwide acceleration of Bible translation. Reaching the remaining language communities with God's Word in their own heart languages will take unprecedented teamwork. Discuss the nature of the team and roles to play. 

Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples Mindy Snell  Team Expansion  Sweeting 333 

Description:
Learn what it means to be a disciple who makes disciples. Take home practical tools that equip you to start today, right where you are!

Showing Christ: Effective Evangelism through Relational Networks in Rural and Small Town Communitites. John Adams Village Missions  Sweeting 335 

Description:
People often need to see the reality of Spirit-produced life change before they are ready to consider faith in Christ. Allowing people to see your commitment to Christ may be the key that God uses to unlock their hearts.

"Why Me?" Laney Mills  Global Frontier Missions Sweeting 343

Description:
Millennials get a lot of flack these days for being non-committal and disloyal, among other things . . . and some of it is true. Why should we be the ones to carry the Gospel forward? Are we really equipped to be the ambassadors of Christ to a lost and dying world? What do we really have to bring to the table in missions?

Baseball and Bible Studies in a Mexican Neighborhood Chris Ophus  One Collective  Sweeting 345 

Description:
Hear the story of several churches in a mostly Mexican neighborhood working to both make disciples of Jesus and deeply involve the church in holistic change.

Communicating Christ to Hindus Anil Yesudas   South Asian Friendship Center  Sweeting 347 

Description:
Focus on Hinduism in India and the Diaspora. Encourage colleagues to establish Christ-centered, conservative, culturally contextual, communicating communities. Explore possibilities of investing your energy and resources in infrastructure for training, support, media, cultural artifacts, service, and worship space for Biblical practice of faith within an Indian-Hindu cultural context.

Trafficked Women: Bring Hope to the Hopeless  Sunita Rodricks  South Asian Friendship Center  Sweeting 349 

Description:
Human trafficking is one of the most profitable businesses in our world today. Millions of women are being trafficked daily. It is a very dark world. Instead of cursing the darkness we can bring hope to the hopeless with the light of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thursday, 11:00–11:50 a.m.

The sessions below each count as one credit toward the required total of 11 sessions.
 

Session NameAgency RepresentativeAgencyLocation
Poverty Simulation      Culby 1 Great Room

Description:
 

Sermon Prep in the Technlogy Age Brent Carter Faithlife and Logos Bible Software Alumni Auditorium

Description:
Preparing a sermon is hard work and typically requires the use of several tools: study resources, a word processor, and presentation software. With Sermon Editor in Logos 7, you can produce and deliver a biblical message without ever leaving your research platform. Learn to dive deep into the Word, take detailed notes, and build an outline.

Ministry from Weakness Chrissy Odean Serge  Sweeting 211 

Description:
 

It's Bigger Than You Think: Finding Living Water in the Honor of God Jordan Samuels  Avant Ministires Sweeting 219

Description:
Understanding honor and shame isn't just a worldview curiosity you read about in missions classes. In fact, honor and shame reversal is at the heart of the gospel and is at the root of the personal transformation of the messenger. It is the key to understanding the nature of the living waters that God promises us. 

Mormons: a people awainting good news (Thursday only) Steve Dealy Mission 2 Mormons Sweeting 328

Description:
As Mormonism expands across the world it creates confusion and new challenges for Christian leaders. Gain a deeper insight into the Mormon mindset and learn simple yet effective approaches for reaching out to Latter-day Saints with the good news of Christ.  

What is Suffering's Role in Missions? Rachel Roleder  Joni and Friends  Sweeting 4 

Description:
Join us as we look at how to identify suffering, see Christ in suffering, and own  suffering for Jesus.

Why Your Giftedness Matters  Raimie Bateman  Teach the Story Sweeting 201

Description:
God designed you to change the world. He has uniquely gifted you with giftedness essential to your person. When you understand this, you'll find increased satisfaction in serving Christ. If you don't understand it, you'll struggle from job to job in your search for significance. Find out how to understand your giftedness and apply it to the mission field.

Journey of Faith: Reaching the LGBTQ Community One Person at a Time  Jim Childs  ABWE Sweeting 204 

Description:
An overview of ABWE’s Heart, Mind, and Soul Seminar designed to equip the average person in the pew to build relationships with the LGBTQ-identified person in their world.

Fulfilling the Great Commission Anglicanly  Rev. Chris Royer  Anglican Frontier Missions  Sweeting 205 

Description:
We will explore the role of liturgy, sacramentalism, and the perennial tradition in the spiritual formation of believers from Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist backgrounds.

On the Border of Syria Christ Lliberto  ELIC  Sweeting 206 

Description:
What is a refugee's life like? What is the Christian role in this refugee crisis? Several of ELIC's locations partner with local churches just 10 miles from Syria—in Lebanon and Jordan. For the past four years, we have seen how God is on the move and how trauma is overwhelming the local population. Delve into the missional strategy of education for children in this location and how it is strategic in this era. By sharing on the ground experiences and biblical inspiration, learn how God can use you for His Glory in this traumatic time of war in the Middle East.

Equipping Leaders for Spiritual Multiplication in So-Called Closed Countries Dwight Ekholm  Entrust  Sweeting 207 

Description:
After a brief summary of past ministry behind the Iron Curtain, we will discuss a variety of strategies and and hindrances to equipping spiritual leaders in a country in the Middle East currently closed to foreign missionaries.

Behind the Veil: Women in Islam    Call of Hope  Sweeting 209 

Description:
Discover what the Quran and Hadith say about the women in Islam. Starting with Mohammed and his engagement women, this seminar surveys the treatment and role of women in the world of Islam today.

Break Room     Sweeting 218 

Description:
 

Finish the Great Commisson, Don't Just Work At It Joey Tartaglia  Finisterre Vision  Sweeting 222 

Description:
With 53 language groups left to reach, how can the Great Commission be finished in the most linguistically diverse place on the planet? Come learn how this is happening and how your church can function as your sending agency to a remote jungle location in Papua New Guinea.

Know Your Why Kyle Kostreva Masterplan Ministries Sweeting 223 

Description:
Knowing why you do what you are do is at the core of getting to your sweet spot, having staying power, doing support raising, and avoiding burnout and rust-out. It's also the secret to bearing much lasting fruit, as Jesus called us to in John 15:16.  Can you articulate your why?

Urbanization: Changing Our Paradigm of Missions  Kevin King  International Project  Sweeting 225 

Description:
This session shows the global trend of urbanization and interprets it from a missiological perspective. The population of the world is moving toward cities and will never retreat. This global reality should dramatically affect our paradigm of missions and inform our ministry emphasis and strategy.

Tool Box for Building Gospel Ministry Relationships: Learning Ways to Relate to Others in Order to Communicate the Gospel David Hernandez  Village Missions  Sweeting 226 

Description:
Discuss some of the tools for learning about and understanding the people and culture of those we hope to reach with the gospel message. Principles to be discussed include: becoming a student and sleuth of people, using polite inquiry to learn and show interest in people, learning to appreciate differences in culture, and creating gospel opportunities through the familiar.

Refugees: A Mission Field or Mission Force? Becca Martin  Greater Europe Mission   

Description:
As refugees continue to arrive and settle in Europe, how can we be the hands and feet of Jesus? What can we do to share God's love with the nations by meeting physical and spiritual needs? Even more so, how are they making disciples in the camps, cities, and counties of a seemingly spiritually dying Europe? Learn more about how Europe is changing and how more and more people are open to the hope of Jesus! 

India: Land of Mega-barriers  Art Hegdahl  Christar  Sweeting 233 

Description:
The current hot issue of rape in India exposes huge barriers of color, class, and culture that have existed there for centuries. We will discuss how the gospel of Christ breaks barriers and heals hurts.

Cultural Awareness for Rewarding Cross-cultural Relationships  Ruth Yingling  Camino Global  Sweeting 234 

Description:
Explore the value systems behind different basic cultural types, and develop cultural sensitivity that will lead to better cross-cultural interactions. You'll develop awareness of different cultural perspectives and learn how to practice the sensitivity necessary for rewarding cross-cultural relationships.

Reflection for Racial Reconcilliation  Diana Collymore InterVarsity   Sweeting 235 

Description:
Hear about the impact a group of African-American students had in Rwanda during summer of 2018. They spent 6 weeks with university students in. Get practical application to the American university context.

Clinging Fiercely to God in Missions (Thursday Only) Alvin Hull  Pioneers  Sweeting 301 

Description:
What spiritual dynamics in the life of the missionary would cause them to leave their ministry? Learn the tools that will help you cling to the Lord and remain on the field. 

Displaced but Not Defeated: What I Learned from the Keliko of South Sudan Susha Roberts Wycliffe Bible Translators Sweeting 317 

Description:
Learn lessons about the identity, purpose, resolve, victory, and faith of the Keliko people living in Uganda.

The Irish Worldview of Celtic Spirituality in West Ireland Today Tim Cummings  WorldVenture  Sweeting 333 

Description:
Look at the questions of worldview, animism, and the residual folk religion in a church setting from the west of the Republic of Ireland.

Am I Called? How to know if God is really calling you to the mission field.    Cafe 1040  Sweeting 335 

Description:
Identify if God is really calling you to the mission field and get helpful tools for identifying and following your call.

Calling vs. Gifting Steve Dutton  Hellenic Ministries  Sweeting 343 

Description:
When it comes to ministry and missions, what should take precedence: "calling" or "gifting"? It's easy to focus on a particular geographical location or specific mission agency, but our best plans don't always work out. Ministry is about stewardship. The "where and how" are secondary.

Reaching Native Americans in North America David and Joanna Boucher Northern Canada Evangelical Mission Sweeting 345

Description:
What are some ways that missionaries can make a good impact when arriving on reservations? We will discuss how to carry out ministries that will have lasting results among people who don't trust non-natives. 

Ami I Missionary Material?  Shelby Honig  Pioneer Bible Translators  Sweeting 347 

Description:
Hear a brief synopsis of famous missionaries, including their personalities and backgrounds. Do you fit the mold?

Loving your Neighbor: Serving the Immigrant Next Door  Eric Mason South Asian Friendship Center Sweeting 349 

Description:
Gain further insight into what it means to live and minister to Muslims and Hindus in the Chicagoland area. Learn more about the immigrant or refugee experience and understand why it is so important for Christians to be salt and light as they welcome immigrants and refugees.

Thursday, noon–12:50 p.m.

The sessions below each count as one credit toward the required total of 11 sessions.
 

Session NameAgency RepresentativeAgencyLocation
Poverty Simulation     Culby 1 Great Room

Description:
 

Utilizing Technology in Ministry  Brent Carter Faithlife and Logos Bible Software  Alumni Auditorium 

Description:
Logos gives you quick access to all the information you need for careful, comprehensive, and reliable Greek and Hebrew study. The Bible Word Study tool gathers usage data from Scripture and other ancient literature and presents it all in an intuitive and beautiful interface. See everywhere near synonyms are used to express a concept. Run a quick search in the Greek or Hebrew, and find other passages with similar original language constructions. Plus, the Exegetical Guide provides links to textual-critical, discourse, syntactical, and morphological data—including links to high-resolution photographs of major manuscripts.

Anastasi  Steve Dutton Hellenic Ministries Sweeting 211 

Description:
Anastasi 2019 is a conference in Thessaloniki, Greece, that brings believers from the East and West in a unique celebration of Christ's resurrection . The conference creates meaningful relationships that strengthen on another, in light of the present changes facing the church and the world of Islam.

What Missionaries and Churches Wish the Other Knew about Support Pete Isenberg  Pioneer Bible Translators  Sweeting 219

Description:
Churches with limited budgets see endless needs in their communities. Missionaries depending on support urgently seek the lost overseas. Both want the kingdom to flourish, but don’t always understand each other. Pete Isenberg, with 24 years of experience as a pastor and seven years as a missionary, helps fill the communication gaps.

The Value of Life across the Lines of Race, Age, and Ability Christine Bowers  Bonded and Zoe  Sweeting 328 

Description:
A panel hosted by the disability ministry and pro-life student groups, respectively Bonded and Zoé. Discuss the unifying value and sanctity of human life across the dividing lines of race, age, and ability. Speakers include Sanjay Merchant and Elizabeth Smith.

So You Want to be Off Campus? Unity Ostercamp  Urban Cohorts  Sweeting 4 

Description:
Are you interested in urban cross-cultural immersion during your time as a student? Do you attend church in one of our already existing Urban Cohort neighborhoods and want to be more involved? Find out from students and staff how you can be part of the Urban Cohorts program. We will be sharing the good, the bad, and the amazing about living incarnationally in Chicago neighborhoods. Cohorts is looking for students who want to live out Jesus in the city by loving their neighbors, living in community, and learning about culture.

Learning to Speak to Yourself about Your Indentity in Christ Norm Hubbard Navigators  Sweeting 201 

Description:
When life gets difficult, we often fill our inner airwaves with a lot of negative self-talk about ourselves and God, such as “Why me," and "How could You let this happen?” Explore how people passing through hardship and confusion can stay anchored to central truths about their identity in God.

The Biggest "As" of the Bible Thad Bergmerier  ABWE  Sweeting 204 

Description:
In John 20 Jesus makes an interesting connection between His coming to this earth and our being sent on mission. As the Father sent Jesus, so we are sent. When we investigate the details of how Jesus says He is sent, it creates freedom and clarity on our mission.

Teaching God's Word in Oral Cultures  Kaley Harper  Children's Relief International  Sweeting 205

Description:
God's Word is not just 2D ink and paper. It is a Technicolor of truth, emotions, and life change. So many people in deep poverty never hear the truth of God because they are limited by their inability to read or write. Women in these cultures are often marginalized and never taught how to connect to God's Word for themselves. Learn how Children's Relief International engages in these areas of deep poverty by bringing the light of Christ through Word and deed!

Not Many of You Should be Teachers Chris Liberto   ELIC  Sweeting 206 

Description:
Study James 3 and the power of the tongue in missional teaching. We've all had teachers who have shaped us and our perspectives of the world in powerful ways. Teachers who are committed to Christ have an incredible opportunity to share hope and shine light in the lives of students in some of the hardest to reach places around the world. Maybe you should go too?

A Call to Missions: Who Needs It? Dwight Ekholm  Entrust  Sweeting 207 

Description:
Examine the biblical teaching on the "call" to missionary service and discuss the issues involved in decision making and the will of God in regard to missions

From Syrian Refugee to Disciplemaker    Call of Hope  Sweeting 209 

Description:
Meet Syrian refugees who have come to Christ and are now seeking to reach their fellow Muslims housed in Lebanese refugee camps.

Break Room     Sweeting 218

Description:
 

Creating True Generational Change Ginny Hansen Sak Saum  Sweeting 222 

Description:
Learn to create generational change in vulnerable communities by halting the cycle of poverty. 

Faith in the New Testament, Faith in the King: The Validity of the Scriptures and Their Place in Muslim Evangelism Stephanie Avant Sweeting 223 

Description:
Learn to address one of the greatest Muslim objections to the Gospel: “The Scriptures are corrupt.” Understand the role this issue plays in the proclamation of the Gospel and in the salvation of the Muslim world. 

Moral Purity: A Narrow Road that Leads to Life. Gayle Murray  SIM  Sweeting 225 

Description:
We must deliberately choose obedience and set up strategies in advance to live out purity. Be prepared to recognize and avoid pitfalls.

Ministry Is . . . (Not What You Expected): 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 Steven Washburn  Village Missions  Sweeting 226 

Description:
We have a plan, we've learned skills, we've studied the Bible and we are ready to serve God in the ministry He has call us to. Then our hopes and dreams collide with real, messy, ministry. Ministry is a joy and discouragement. Seeing others come to know Christ and others rejecting Him. Delights of seeing God at work and pounding your head against the wall when you can't see Him moving. Sometimes our expectations of ministry can be why that it is so hard. Learn how to avoid the bitterness and frustration, and let the difficulties of ministry work for you and your heart to serve God.

Raising Kids Overseas Karen See Crossworld  Sweeting 230 

Description:
You sense God leading you to serve Him cross-culturally. How would that decision impact your children? Explore some of the joys and challenges of raising a family overseas.

Being Intentional in Teaching ESL In Creative-Access Countries  Ben Luna  Christar  Sweeting 233 

Description:
You just got hired as an ESL teacher teaching university students in a Muslim country. You’re there because you wanted them to hear the Gospel. You know that the classroom is best venue to incarnate the Gospel. How are you going to start? How are you going to weave God into your lesson planning? Learn how from a person who taught ESL in the Middle East for 13 years.

What Does Rescuing Slaves Have to do With Advancing the Gospel IJM Leader  International Justice Mission  Sweeting 234 

Description:
When Christians sacrificially love and serve people around the world, the world notices. When Christians disengage from sacrificial love and service, the world also notices. Discuss how followers of Jesus can engage in the work of justice to show the world the God of the Bible—perfectly just and loving.

When Your Ministry Falls Apart: Stress, Failure, Depression, and God's Goodness Thomas Slawson InterAct Ministries  Sweeting 235 

Description:
Most Christians who commit their lives to full-time ministry often envision themselves serving long-term in one place. While many succeed, others encounter obstacles and circumstances and suddenly find their dreams of a particular ministry gone. The fallout from losing a ministry can lead to many struggles such as stress, depression, financial hardship, and even health problems. We will explore several paths to healing from the wounds of losing a ministry.

Power and Vulnerability in Ministry Tom Young  Navigators  Sweeting 301 

Description:
What is real vulnerability? What does it look like in real life? And why is it so important for healthy and fruitful ministry?

The Persecuted Church: How Do We Pray for Our Brothers and Sisters?  Rebecca Lufkin  OMF  Sweeting 317

Description:
How do we pray for our brothers and sisters? Join us for an interactive session of praying and get resources to build up your prayer life for the global church.

Promoting the Gospel and Human Flourishing in Africa through Christian Classical Education Erica Robertson Rafiki Foundation Sweeting 333

Description:
In Africa where Rafiki serves, young men and women are taught to cram, test, and forget. Their eyes are fixed on survival. Christian Classical Education offers a way to free the hearts and minds of our African friends to appreciate the fullness of God and His creation.

Strong and Courageous (Thursday Only)  Brittany Gardner SIM Sweeting 335 

Description:
Highlight fears and obstacles that are barriers to serving in missions and learn ways to overcome them.

Missions Partnership in the Middle East and Norh Africa  Tanya Van Horne   InterVarsity Link  Sweeting 343 

Description:
Christianity began in this the Middle East and the church has deep and ancient roots there. Though indigenous Christian populations are dwindling, faithful ministry continues. Learn how our brothers and sisters in the region are reaching their neighbors and how partnership with them can bring gospel transformation. 

God's Will and Your Life  Laney Mills  Global Frontier Missions  Sweeting 345 

Description:
The question of God's will is age-old, and while it often seems ambiguous and mysterious, maybe it's not as difficult to grasp as we make it out to be. With Jesus as the "north star," there is more joy and less stress in the pursuit of discovering God's will for your life!

"Making Disciples Among the Nations in U.S. Colleges and Universities" Scott Harris  InterVarsity Link  Sweeting 347 

Description:
For decades Christians have prayed that the Good News of Jesus would reach the variety of peoples throughout the 57 countries of what is called the 10/40 Window. One of the ways God has answered those prayers is to bring many of them to the U.S. for studies. At the point in time, the vast majority of international students in the U.S. come from 10/40 countries. Discuss how to best make disciples of Jesus among international students.

Leading Muslin and Hindu Kids on the Path to Christ Beth Mason South Asian Friendship Center Sweeting 349

Description:
Have you wondered how to share the gospel and mentor Muslim and Hindu children? Come hear what it looks like to do life, love, and be the hands of Jesus to Muslim and Hindu kids and families.

Thursday, 1:00–1:50 p.m.

The sessions below each count as one credit toward the required total of 11 sessions.
 

Session NameAgency RepresentativeAgencyLocation
Poverty Simulation     Culby 1 Great Room

Description:
 

Women's Sexual Health and Wholeness Judy Groters The Navigators Sweeting 211 

Description:
What's uniquely challenging for women who want to honor Christ with their sexuality in today's hookup culture? How do you live pure without disowning your sexulaity? What is the meaning of sex and sexuality? Couldn’t God have made this easier for us? What's His plan?

Beyond Colorblind  Sarah Shin    Sweeting 219

Description:
 

Men's Sexual Health and Wholeness Mike Kozlarek  The Navigators Sweeting 319 

Description:
Staying pure in today's sex-obsessed, porn-crazed culture grows harder and harder. How do you live pure without disowning your sexuality? What is the meaning of sex and sexuality? Couldn't God have made this easier for us? What's his plan?

Reaching the Unreached in Chicago and Other Major U.S. Cities  Keith Wiederwax and Sean Fox World Team Sweeting 4

Description:
Hear the strategy of the International Neighborhood Network current status and update on progress in Chicago's West Ridge neighborhood update and opportunities available in Chicago, Savannah, Knoxville, and other U.S. Cities.

How Men and Women Become Great Missionaries Raimie and Stephanie Bateman  Teach the Story  Sweeting 201 

Description:
The face of the global church is male and female. Whichever you are, you are vital to the success of the Great Commission. Learn the essential skills that make or break you as a modern-day missionary. Without these skills you will wash out in less than two years. With them, you can become exceptional.

Doing Missions in 4D Using the Power of Story Benjamin Jorden Chicago Child Evangelism Fellowship  Sweeting 204

Description:
 

CardTalk, TapeTalk, and othe Media to Share the Gospel Rick Hudson  Fellowship International Mission  Sweeting 205 

Description:
The evolution of media brings changes in how we share the Gospel. Look at how missionaries have used media—from pre-electronic to the Internet—and see what is currently used to proclaim the gospel.

Top Ten Tips for Real Life Overseas  Chris Liberto ELIC Sweeting 206 

Description:
Discuss some of the top things that you need to think about before going overseas. Get practically prepared to not just survive, but thrive as you move overseas.

Discipling New Christians In Their Culture: Unique Mentoring tools you possess as a foreigner  Jim and Sandy Bellair Entrust  Sweeting 207

Description:
Discuss the concept of building credibility bridges and consider practical ways to develop and maintain mentoring relationships in cross-cultural settings for the long haul.

To Date or Not to Date: Considerations of Cross-cultural Romantic Relationships (Women Only) Melanie May  Hines Ugandan Ministries  Sweeting 209 

Description:
If you are among a growing number of single women missionaries who are facing the decision whether to enter romantic relationships within your target group, come  If you are among a growing number of single women missionaries who are facing the decision whether to enter romantic relationships within your target group, come develop more accurate expectations that will position you for success in your decision. more accurate expectations that will position you for success in your decision.

Break Room     Sweeting 218 

Description:
 

Afraid Your Kids Will Have the Social Skills of Tarzan? Find out how to raise babies in the Jungle. Brooke Tartaglia  Finisterre Vision  Sweeting 222

Description:
Are kids safe on the mission field? How can my kids be part of the ministry? How can I raise them to adjust well when they return home? From first contact to reentry, our kids go through each phase of ministry too. This is how we brought them through each phase.

Israel, Evangelicals, and the Jews! Ryan Harper  Chosen People Ministries  Sweeting 223 

Description:
The new study sheds light on how Christians feel about Israel and the Jewish heritage hidden in the church. Learn what it means for Jewish Evangelism going forward!

Preparing for Missions: The Five Key Trainings You Should Get Before Going to the Field Kevin King International Project  Sweeting 225 

Description:
Study the global trend of urbanization from a missiological perspective. The population of the world is moving toward cities and will never retreat. This global reality should dramatically affect our paradigm of missions and inform our ministry emphasis and strategy. Get practical missional opportunities in light of increasingly urbanized contexts.

Conflict: The Unexpected Benefit of Ministry Missions Relationships Steven Washburn Village Missions  Sweeting 226 

Description:
Prepare for potential conflict inherent in missions and ministry work and learn how to use it to your advantage. Conflict will happen and you must be prepared. Not handling conflict situations can spell ministry failure. Handling it faithfully leaves it in God's hands.

For the Main who Calls on Shiva . . .  Clint Bauman Crossworld Sweeting 230 

Description:
Learn about Hinduism. 

Fear, Shame, Guilt, and Christ Ashley Smith  Christar  Sweeting 233 

Description:
Explore how Christ addresses the three main worldviews: fear, shame, and guilt! Become more aware of how your own cultural lens shapes your view of the gospel and how people from other cultures view the gospel. Gain a greater understanding of how your culture shapes your view of Jesus, and learn to take off your cultural lens to see and communicate the gospel more clearly with people from other cultures!

Embracing Life as Adventure Andrew Matteson  North America Indigenous Ministries Sweeting 234

Description:
What words would you use to describe the Christian life? How we share our walk with Christ is critical. Learn how an adventurous God has a life full of adventure for you to share with others. Believing this reality adjusts your minsitry goals, perspectivies, your view of God's mission and even your church services!

Do Americans Have a Role in World Missions? Diana Collymore InterVarsity Link Sweeting 235

Description:
Americans do have a role in world missions—if they can learn to enter into equitable cross-cultural partnerships and "de-colonize" their approach. Discuss how that can happen and examples of the potential impact.

Shame, Community, and Missions Carissa Gibson  Pioneers  Sweeting 301 

Description:
We all have it. No one wants to talk about it, but not talking about it perpetuates it. Learn to identify and combat the narrative of shame we tell ourselves and what it looks like to develop a resiliency against shame here and overseas.

The Gospel and the Green Card Chris Ophus One Collective  Sweeting 317 

Description:
Look at challenges and opportunities for the mission of Jesus in the current immigration debate.

Choosing an Agency  Joshua Oh  One Challenge  Sweeting 333 

Description:
Get strategies and tips for wading through all the information about mission agencies and finding your best fit.

Spiritual Leadership for the Majority of Today's Churches John Adams  Village Missions  Sweeting 335 

Description:
In most cases effective pastors do not serve in a large church or with multiple staff. Gain insights from experiences of building an effective ministry. Develop the spiritual potential to transform an entire community with the Gospel.

Community Service and Dominion Power Fan Lu  Abundant Care  Sweeting 343 

Description:
God has given us the land, go up and take possession of it (Deut 1:21). What does land mean? What is the difference between domination versus dominion? What is God's view on community service? Learn how to do repentant prayers that get to the root of things and find the Strategic Plan to possess the land. 

Call of Duty: It's Not a Game  Paul Straubel & Bill Haas Center for Indian Ministries  Sweeting 345

Description:
Address the Biblical foundation for spiritual warfare by examining pertinent scriptures. Hear personal experiences from global missions and ministry among Native American tribes that illustrate the reality of battle in the spiritual realm.

What Role Does Hate Play in Missions? Kevin Van Horne  InterVarsity Link  Sweeting 347 

Description:
This seminar will walk through the story of Jonah—the most successful cross-cultural evangelist the world may ever know. However, as a dominant culture believer he imagined that God- who made the sea and the dry land—only had redemptive purposes for his own people. He sought to thwart God's plans for those outside his nation and received God's direct attention for it. Whether we try to thwart God consciously or subconsciously, God has a message for us. 

Military Missions: It's Not Just a Job, It's An Adventure Paul Cassidy Cadence International Sweeting 349 

Description:
Hear incredible opportunities for advancing the Gospel and making disciples among American service members and their families stationed in the U.S. and around the world. God is moving in our military communities by the power of His Spirit as courageous ambassadors proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ! Learn to recognize the military as a mission field. See how to do ministry to military dependents, men's and women's ministry, and the power of practicing hospitality to advance the Gospel.

Thursday, 2:00–2:50 p.m.

The sessions below each count as one credit toward the required total of 11 sessions.
 

Session NameAgency RepresentativeAgencyLocation
Poverty Simulation     Culby 1 Great Room 

Description:
 

Poverty Simulation Debrief  Moody Faculty   Sweeting 211

Description:
 

Building Bridges with Muslims Fouad Marsri, and Tim and Gabby Bennett Crescent Project  Sweeting 219

Description:
Come and learn more about maximizing opportunities to build relationships and have fruitful conversations with Muslims.

Theology on Mission Nicholas Smit  Greenhouse Movement  Sweetinng 4 

Description:
Too often theologically-minded and missionally-minded Christians gather in separate corners of the Church assuming they have little to do with one another. Join us as we talk about how the theology of the Trinity, Incarnation, salvation, and sanctification needs to shape our approach to mission. See how in Church Planting, theology can not only be discussed, but also lived out.

Sharing Christ in Tribal and Animistic Cultures Ron Hartwig North America Indigenous Ministries Sweeting 234 

Description:
The core of every culture is their worldview. Rarely does anyone conscientiously think about their beliefs and values in the midst of a normal conversation, but if we want to clearly communicate Christ to a person from a tribal or animistic worldview, we need to adjust our message and approach.

Doing Missions in 4D to Reach the Least and the Littlest Karis Jorden  Chicago Child Evangelism Fellowship  Sweeting 204 

Description:
There is a global need to reach the least and littlest with the Gospel. Children are ready and willing to believe if we will tell them. Learn practical ways to do missions in 4D to children, wherever you go.

Cross Cultural Teaching Bob Murray SIM USA  Sweeting 205 

Description:
Explore various techniques and methods to consider when teaching in any setting, because every classroom involves working with students from different cultural backgrounds.

 Using Technology to Introduce Jesus to the Whole World Sandi Dalton  TWR International  Sweeting 206 

Description:
Technology has changed the landscape of the world when it comes to the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Billions have access to information instantaneously on computers or cellular devices. Understand the tools you have at your disposal to reach your diverse backyard. Get opportunities to use your training to communicate the gospel to an audience of billions. 

Finding Sustainable Indigenous Ministry Leaders Darin Bufkin Cru Sweeting 207 

Description:
Look at creating sustainable ministries with Indigenous leaders by finding and discipling the right people.

Facing Fear on the Field Melanie May  Hines Ugandan Ministries  Sweeting 209 

Description:
The power of fear will either defeat or strengthen you. Explore practical ways to transform fear from a ministry breaker to a ministry builder. 

Break Room     Sweeting 218

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Completing the Great Commission . . . Again Scott Hardaway  Finisterre Vision  Sweeting 222 

Description:
Coca-Cola has evangelized the entire world. In all corners of the planet, every tribe, every nation, every tongue has heard the good news of sugary drinks—and at least some members of every people group have embraced the message. What might this mean for the Church and the many people groups who have yet to embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Teaching English as a Second Language and Sharing your Faith Jordan Davis  Footsteps Missions  Sweeting 223 

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Being and Introvert is Not a Sin! Andrew Miller  SEND International  Sweeting 225 

Description:
In many ways our world is set up for extroverts.  Ministry and missions seems to be geared for extroverts. Learn more about how introverts can be used in ministry all over the world!

Keep Low! Look Up! Press Forward! David Hernandez  Village Missions  Sweeting 226 

Description:
This quote was given to a young missionary and comprises three of the most essential attitudes for fruitful ministry. Throughout our lives God is continually forming His people into Christ-likeness. Often we find God giving attitude adjustments on several levels. We will discuss three areas of attitude adjustment essential for ministry.

So You Think You're Called to Stay Mark Silvers  Crossworld  Sweeting 230 

Description:
Do you often feel guilty for not having a call to missions? What’s a disciple of Christ supposed to do in response? Is a disciple second class if they haven’t received a call to serve in missions?

Does Teaching English Really Make a Difference? Chris Liberto  ELIC  Sweeting 233 

Description:
Teaching English is a common way to do ministry abroad, but there are productive and not-productive strategies when it comes to English education ministry. Delve into the strategic influence of teaching Enlgish abroad, that includes access to difficult countries, longevity of ministry, and meeting local needs.

Cross Cultural Teaching Bob Murray  SIM  Sweeting 234 

Description:
Explore various techniques and methods to consider when teaching in any setting. Every classroom involves working with students from different cultural backgrounds.

Who Sinned? Viewing disability through the eyes of Jesus. Thomas Slawson  InterAct Ministries  Sweeting 235 

Description:
There are an estimated one billion people with disabilities in the world. In many countries they are marginalized. Some cultures even view disability as a curse or a matter of shame. But in John 9 Jesus displays his glory and affirms that He is the Messiah by healing a man born blind. Examine this passage and explore the mission field of ministry to and through the disabled community.

Reaching Israelis: Stories from Israel (Thursday Only) Levi Hazen  Life in Messiah  Sweeting 301

Description:
Hear stories and practical suggestions for sharing the gospel with Israelis.

Bible Translation is a Team Sport Bonnie Nystrom Wycliffe Bible Translators  Sweeting 317 

Description:
We're in an era of unprecedented worldwide acceleration of Bible translation. Reaching the remaining language communities with God's Word in their own heart languages will take unprecedented teamwork. Discuss the nature of the team and roles to play. 

Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples Mindy Snell Team Expansion Sweeting 333

Description:
Learn what it means to be a disciple who makes disciples. Take home practical tools that equip you to start today, right where you are!

Showing Christ: Effective Evangelism through Relational Networks in Rural and Small Town Communities John Adams  Village Missions  Sweeting 335 

Description:
People often need to see the reality of Spirit-produced life change before they are ready to consider faith in Christ. Allowing people to see your commitment to Christ may be the key that God uses to unlock their hearts.

 "Why Me?" Laney Mills  Global Frontier Missions  Sweeting 343

Description:
Millennials get a lot of flack these days for being non-committal and disloyal, among other things . . . and some of it is true. Why should we be the ones to carry the Gospel forward? Are we really equipped to be the ambassadors of Christ to a lost and dying world? What do we really have to bring to the table in missions?

Baseball and Bible Studies in a Mexican Neighborhood Chris Ophus  One Collective  Sweeting 345 

Description:
Hear the story of several churches in a mostly Mexican neighborhood working to both make disciples of Jesus and deeply involve the church in holistic change.

Stakeholders in Missions: What if I Don't Want to Go Overseas? Rebecca Lufkin  OMF  Sweeting 301 

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Communicating Christ to Hindus Anil Yesudas  South Asian Friendship Center  Sweeting 347 

Description:
Focus on Hinduism in India and the Diaspora. Encourage colleagues to establish Christ-centered, conservative, culturally contextual, communicating communities. Explore possibilities of investing your energy and resources in infrastructure for training, support, media, cultural artifacts, service, and worship space for Biblical practice of faith within an Indian-Hindu cultural context.

Trafficked Women: Bring Hope to the Hopeless Sunita Rodricks  South Asian Friendship Center  Sweeting 349 

Description:
Human trafficking is one of the most profitable businesses in our world today. Millions of women are being trafficked daily. It is a very dark world. Instead of cursing the darkness we can bring hope to the hopeless with the light of our Lord Jesus Christ.